The daughter of an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice has been released on parole after serving more than 11 years in prison for a deadly 1995 crime spree labeled as a copy of the violent movie, "Natural Born Killers.” Parole for Sarah Edmondson, originally from Muskogee, will be supervised in Oklahoma, said Pam Laborde, communication director of the Louisiana Department of Correction. Her parole is to end June 1, 2025. She checked in with Oklahoma Department of Correction authorities on Monday. Sarah Edmondson, 33, left the Louisiana Institute for Women in St. Gabriel on Friday after being there since November 1998, Laborde said. She served a little over a third of a 30-year sentence. She is the daughter of Justice James Edmondson and niece of Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Justice Edmondson did not immediately return calls Wednesday seeking comment for this story. Drew Edmondson declined to comment. Sarah Edmondson and her then-boyfriend, Benjamin Darras, of Tahlequah, were 18 when they went on a violent Southern crime spree. Darras shot and killed businessman William Savage in Mississippi and Edmondson wounded store clerk Patsy Byers in Louisiana. Byers, 38, was paralyzed. She died of cancer in November 1997, a day before she was scheduled to videotape her testimony against Edmondson. Doctors said the death was unrelated to the shooting, but the fact that Byers could not feel anything delayed her cancer diagnosis. Sarah Edmondson pleaded guilty to armed robbery, attempted second-degree murder and use of a firearm during a violent felony. Darras pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Louisiana and testified against Sarah Edmondson. He reportedly told the judge he was in Sarah Edmondson’s car outside the convenience store when she robbed and shot Byers. Darras is serving a life sentence in Mississippi for Savage’s death. He received a 35-year sentence in Louisiana for the Byers shooting. Edmondson testified that she and Darras took LSD and repeatedly watched "Natural Born Killers” before going on the crime spree. The movie was about a couple who went on a multistate killing spree in the Southwest. Byers sued Edmondson, Darras and the makers of the movie, Oliver Stone and Time Warner. In 2001, a judge dismissed the case on the grounds that there was no evidence that either Time Warner or Oliver Stone intended to incite violence.
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